How to make a floral hair wreath

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How to make a floral hair wreath
No two floral hair wreaths are the same. (The young nice girl in a wreath from field flowers image by Indigo Fish from Fotolia.com)

Floral hair wreaths look at home in a variety of settings, from formal weddings to casual Renaissance fairs. These earthy headpieces can utilise dried flowers, fake flowers or a mixture of the two -- no two flower headpieces are exactly alike. Available for sale from bridal shops, florist shops and speciality boutiques, pre-made flower hair wreaths are costly. The same items can be made at home in an afternoon for a fraction of the cost without the need for intense sewing or gluing.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Floral wire
  • Tin snips
  • Fake vines
  • Scissors
  • Floral tape
  • Pliers
  • Baby's breath
  • Flowers
  • Ribbon

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure the circumference of your head. Add 15 cm (6 inches) to the measurement.

  2. 2

    Cut two pieces of floral wire equal in length to the circumference of your head plus 15 cm (6 inches). Use tin snips to make a clean cut.

  3. 3

    Twine the floral wire pieces around each other, twisting them together tightly.

  4. 4

    Twist a layer of greenery around the floral tape. Use a fake ivy vine for full coverage. Other options include laurel and wisteria. Secure with strips of green floral tape -- do not tape over the leaves.

  5. 5

    Fashion a hook with one end of the wires. Use a pair of pliers to manipulate the wire. Twist the other end into a loop. Thread the hooked end through the looped end and close the hook to form a secure loop attachment, closing the wreath into a circle. Wrap the attachment point with floral tape to prevent cuts or snags.

  6. 6

    Insert sprigs of dried or silken baby's breath. Secure with floral tape.

  7. 7

    Add dried or silken flowers to the wreath. The placement and types of flowers are largely a matter of personal choice. Secure the stems of the flowers to the wreath with floral tape.

  8. 8

    Try on the wreath. Make adjustments as necessary.

  9. 9

    Measure the length from where the wreath sits to your shoulders. Double that measurement.

  10. 10

    Cut several strands of ribbon equal to the doubled measurement from the wreath to your shoulders. Slip the ribbon onto the wreath. Position the ribbons in the back of the wreath and secure with a bow, leaving long tails hanging.

Tips and warnings

  • Omit the vines and wrap a layer of tulle netting or sheer fabric around the wreath for a fairy-like appearance.
  • Experiment with your choice of fake or dried flowers. Choose flowers in bold colours for a standout headpiece. Use more subdued colours for a subtle look. Choose flowers from the same or different colour families for a variegated appearance.
  • Choose a selection of large and small flowers to add visual contrast.
  • Add a veil of netting by measuring the distance from the wreath to your shoulders. Double the measurement. Drape the netting over the wreath, doubling it, before you place the wreath on your head.

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